Anton Du Beke has obtained a wave of assist on-line after opening up on Kate Garraway’s Life Stories on Wednesday about rising up in an abusive family.
The 57-year-old Strictly Come Dancing decide emotionally revealed that he was stabbed within the stomach and leg by his father as a toddler on Boxing Day, which left him in hospital for 3 days.
He defined that the revelations will most likely come as a shock to his family and friends, as it’s the first time in his “entire life” that he has spoken about it.
His sister Veronica, 53, and spouse Hannah Summers, 46, appeared emotional as they watched from the dwell viewers.
Viewers of the present took to Twitter to reward Anton for his bravery and categorical their admiration for his energy, declaring him a “national treasure.”
Praise: Anton Du Beke has gained quite a lot of assist on-line after opening up on Kate Garraway’s Life Stories on Wednesday about rising up in an abusive family
Horrible: The 57-year-old Strictly Come Dancing decide emotionally revealed that he was stabbed within the abdomen and leg by his father as a toddler, leaving him in hospital for 3 days
One individual stated, “You just never know what really goes on behind closed doors. A warm smile and brilliant humor can hide the horrifying truth. What a truly wonderful man.’
Another echoed, “What a lovely sweet guy @TheAntonDuBeke is, so sincere, thanks for sharing your story, keep watching, I totally agree.”
A 3rd added: “Watching @TheAntonDuBeke on #LifeStories with @kategarraway honestly what a gentleman he is and taking what he’s been through, when he was younger he’s just as amazing as ever he’s loved by all ‘.
A fourth agreed, writing, “There’s so much to love about Anton Du Beke that it’s actually pretty ridiculous.” What a fantastic man.’
A fifth tweeted, “Oh, Anton, oh my heart. You have always been one of my favorites, but now I am totally in awe of your courage and resilience.
“I had to look back and work through things for my healing, but how we survive and heal is unique. I hope talking about #LifeStories has brought healing. Dance on!’
While a sixth chimed in saying, ‘@AntonDuBeke I’m sure this interview was very cathartic for you. ❤️ Keep shining like the ⭐️ that you are!’
And a seventh gushed: ‘I want to give Anton Du Beke a hug. I can see it’s so hard for him to talk about his past.’
‘Really’: Viewers of the show took to Twitter to praise Anton for his bravery and express their admiration for his strength, declaring him a ‘national treasure’
Born to a Spanish mother and Hungarian father, Anton discovered his flair for dancing after picking up his sister Veronica from a local studio in town.
Although his mother encouraged his new hobby, his father, Antal, “took it off” in opposition to Anton when alcoholism took maintain of him and he grew to become violent at house.
During the present, Kate requested, “Was the violence against you?” with Anton replying, “Me, yes. I’ve actually never talked about this in my entire life. I wanted a fresh start, and a new beginning. I mean, I ended up in the hospital for three days, but it was…”
Kate stated, “Did you?” Anton replied, “Yes.” She then requested, “Why, what happened?” Anton stated: ‘I have, I have been stabbed. I’ve by no means stated this out loud earlier than.’
Anton additionally stated, “The alcoholism and the violence… (it was) against me, because I was a boy, a young man I think.
‘…You have an alcoholic dad and a situation where if you’re in the house (he) is drinking, you end up with fights and stuff.
“You shift the room to get away from it all and then he follows you in and the next thing you know the violence starts and then it came to a head one night, I ended up in the hospital for three days.”
Anton stated he was certain his household and mates knew nothing concerning the assault as a result of he by no means noticed any profit in talking about his ordeal. wish to look forward.’
Talent: Born to a Spanish mom and Hungarian father, Anton found his aptitude for dancing after selecting up his sister Veronica from an area studio within the metropolis
Childhood: Although his mom inspired his new passion, his father, Antal, “took a turn” in opposition to Anton when alcoholism took maintain of him and he grew to become violent at house (pictured together with his mom Ascensión ‘Conchita’ Lema)
Recalling the incident, he continued: ‘…I obtained stabbed within the leg and within the abdomen due to a battle on Boxing Day and it was a loopy state of affairs.
“I remember walking out of the house to walk to the hospital holding my leg and a cop car going by and I waved them down and I said ‘he’s in there with a knife.’
“Anyway, they took him away and I ended up in the hospital for three or four days. My only concern was getting back in the studio and dancing and the embarrassment of it.”
Anton stated he advised individuals he had “stretched a hamstring” when requested about his leg damage as a result of he was embarrassed.
He advised host Kate, “I can’t quite believe I’m talking to you about this. I should have covered this up. Even the thought that that (the attack) is a thing irritates me a little too.”
Kate stated that Anton’s father was acquitted by the court docket of injuring his son and that Anton didn’t attend his funeral when he died.
“It was all about progress, I felt sorry for my mom, this was her husband, she has two jobs and he chose to drink and be violent, it’s just life and you move on,” he stated.
The aspiring dancer then modified his title ‘from Tony Beke, who grew up on a municipal estate’ to ‘Anton Du Beke, The Show Man’.
He stated, “I wanted a fresh start and a new beginning and I wanted to leave what was before, behind me, and then move on with the rest of my life, I just wanted to be myself.”
Anton additionally stated that his motivation to realize success didn’t come from his father.
He added: “I hate, woe is me, I never sought any kind of affirmation or encouragement from him and I never did anything because of him.
“It wasn’t my motivation to do what I did.”
His sister Veronica Richards additionally appeared on the programme, revealing how their father would drunkenly abuse Anton for being ‘gay’ and turning in opposition to him for his love of dancing.
She recalled, “My father, I don’t think he was that impressed with Anton’s dancing, he always called him gay, he turned against Anton.
“My father’s drinking affected his mood. He was mean. He wasn’t a nice person when he was drunk.’
Speaking of the impact of their dad’s alcoholism on family life, she adds, “My dad drank his money down the toilet so mom worked nights at a nursing home, she wasn’t around the house, she wasn’t there to really help us.” to guard. ‘
After dropping out of school without any qualifications so he could pursue a dancing career, Veronica reveals that their father offended Anton even more.
She explained, “My dad put him down for it (dancing), called him gay for doing it, but that would have the effect on him (Anton) of wanting to be the best.”
“He’s not Tony Bek who grew up on a council property, he’s Anton Du Beke, the showman.”
Anton and Veronica each spoke touchingly of the ethical and monetary assist their mom offered to assist him change into a dancer.
Kate revealed that Anton’s mom, Ascension, who lives in Spain, would have been within the viewers, however was unable to journey on account of ailing well being.
Du Beke is now married to spouse Hannah with whom he shares six-year-old twins George and Henrietta
Anton Du Beke and his spouse Hannah on the premiere of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ in London in May 2022